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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
2221 tasting notes

Ok…. I swear I’m reviewing this tea, brewing up a mate and making a matcha latte and going to work for at least a few hours, if not an all-nighter. Being a grad student sucks, especially when you promised your advisor you’d have all your samples ground by the end of September, only to realize that you still have 116 hours of grinding (at least!) left…. :(

Anyways! Enough whining. This sample was given to me by the lovely Sil during our awesome tea & pizza meetup a few weeks ago!

I honestly am not sure what to be expecting here, as I can’t recall reading anything about this tea. The aroma is a bit chocolatey, a bit “generic black”-y. Wow, is this ever smooth! Definite chocolate notes and… woah, there’s a sort of sweetness in here that I completely wasn’t expecting! A dark sort of sweetness, like with dark oolongs… intriguing. So chocolatey, kind of almost a… buckwheat honey sort of sweetness, and no astringency. This is my sort of black! I do wish there was a bit more chocolate (only because I love that flavour in black teas), but the sweetness more than makes up for it! Delicious! I’d definitely buy this one to drink again, this is pretty good! Thanks Sil!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Butiki Teas

Did you notice some similar honey notes like the Gui Fei? Even though they are completely different tasting teas, both teas have similar honey notes. This is because for both teas leafhoppers are allowed to bite the leaves which initiates the plants healing process thereby producing honey notes.

Sil

Yay glad you enjoyed this one :)

Daniel Scott

Curious, what are you grinding?

Kittenna

Stacy – I’ll have to try the two side-by-side at some point, but yes, I would believe that the source of the sweetness is the same, just with the different, eh, tea-making process (to get black vs. oolong). It was quite tasty, and I quite liked it. I swear I’ve had teas before (Oriental Beauty?) that were leafhopper-bitten, but that lacked these qualities.

Daniel – Not as interesting as you think it might be, perhaps. I’m grinding freeze-dried asparagus samples, research for my Masters project. It’s 1pm; I’ve been up since about 2pm yesterday, and gave up grinding for the time being because I’m exhausted and my productivity had sharply dropped. Sigh…

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Butiki Teas

Did you notice some similar honey notes like the Gui Fei? Even though they are completely different tasting teas, both teas have similar honey notes. This is because for both teas leafhoppers are allowed to bite the leaves which initiates the plants healing process thereby producing honey notes.

Sil

Yay glad you enjoyed this one :)

Daniel Scott

Curious, what are you grinding?

Kittenna

Stacy – I’ll have to try the two side-by-side at some point, but yes, I would believe that the source of the sweetness is the same, just with the different, eh, tea-making process (to get black vs. oolong). It was quite tasty, and I quite liked it. I swear I’ve had teas before (Oriental Beauty?) that were leafhopper-bitten, but that lacked these qualities.

Daniel – Not as interesting as you think it might be, perhaps. I’m grinding freeze-dried asparagus samples, research for my Masters project. It’s 1pm; I’ve been up since about 2pm yesterday, and gave up grinding for the time being because I’m exhausted and my productivity had sharply dropped. Sigh…

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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